The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) - a world-renowned non-profit biomedical research organization - is currently seeking a highly motivated, resourceful Philanthropy Officer for its Florida Facility. This is a unique opportunity to help drive the strategic vision and direction of the department. As a senior member of the Office of Philanthropy team, the selected candidate will execute the Institute’s fundraising program(s) by providing leadership, management and contributing to overall strategic planning. Oversees and directs a comprehensive planned giving program of the Institute in addition to other selected development programs related to the day to day operations. Provides critical support and direction of major and planned gift campaigns including successful identification, cultivation, solicitation, negotiation and stewardship of significant gifts to support both Institute-wide and/or program-specific needs. Initiates, strengthens and manages strategic relationships with philanthropic partners.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
• Serves as a senior advisor and key strategist on building a model planned giving development program. Provides direction to other fundraisers at every level to help support, enhance and coordinate their efforts.
• Plans and implements short, medium and long-range programs to meet current and future needs by determining the appropriate use of resources that will lead to and result in the successful philanthropic support of the institutional priorities and the philanthropic interest of donors.
• Oversees selected program operations, planning, budgeting, and communications for philanthropic development to achieve annual goals and milestones.
• Plans, manages, administers, stewards and implements strategies for a comprehensive planned giving program which includes generating support through outright gifts, estate planning, wills, trusts, and deferred gifts. May serve as Institute’s contact for planned giving matters.
• Provides technical expertise in planned giving to donors and staff regarding the tax and financial aspects and consequences of various giving vehicles to both the donor and the institution with respect to understanding and optimizing principal/major and planned gifts.
• Identifies and cultivates sources of funding and leads selected fundraising, major donor and planned giving campaigns. Solicits major gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations.
• Works with other team members to identify, cultivate and solicit prospective individual donors.
• Ensures prospect review and management processes are designed to build and support a pipeline of prospective donors.
• Continues to grow and revise a realistic prospect list for himself/herself and any subordinate gift officers. Maintains a network of estate planning and financial professional advisors as deemed necessary.
• Directs the administration of an informative, efficient and effective program that ensures donors are appropriately thanked and that gifts are designated to the correct funds or programs. Creates and participates in new and imaginative ways to build meaningful relationships with planned and major gift donors.
• Provides technical assistance with faculty and staff on seeking funding and cultivating donors.
• Strategizes with the Philanthropy Director and other senior management, the department’s role in the institution and, potentially, with Board members to collect sourcing and networking contacts.
• Partners closely with Philanthropy Director, senior leadership, deans, and administrators to establish ambitious, immediate and long term fundraising goals. Regularly schedules joint prospect visits with deans, directors and faculty to ensure consistent follow-up and closure for securing and stewarding major gifts.
• Prepares support documentation for gift acceptance in accordance with institutional procedures. This includes the preparation of letters of intent and gift agreements.
• Supervises selected members of the philanthropy team.
• Contributes to philanthropic publications and edits various publication drafts.
• Performs other duties as assigned.